We know it’s not easy being a new mom. As excited as you were to finally see the sweet little face of the baby you carried for 9 months, you may also be feeling a whirlwind of isolating emotions. Chances are, you feel overwhelmed, you’re suffering from sleep deprivation, and you may even be experiencing mood swings. You might be wondering if you’ll ever be able to get back to feeling, and looking, like yourself.
First off, we want you to know that this is all normal. It’s perfectly natural to have a hard time adjusting to your new baby, your new body, and your new life. In the pre pregnancy era, you thought you were ready for the change, but now you realize you totally underestimated just how drastic it would be. That’s totally valid, and also extremely common.
Your figure has changed, your relationships have changed – let’s not sugarcoat it, your whole life has changed! That’s a lot to take in all at once, in addition to your demanding new routine of feeding every 2 or 3 hours, the mentally exhausting task of interpreting your baby’s needs through their cries, and grappling with aches and pains you never even imagined were possible. You may even find yourself looking in the mirror and realizing that you don’t even recognize yourself – who’s this exhausted woman, and whose body is that?
In all the chaos, please don’t forget to take care of yourself. Just because you’re a mom now doesn’t mean you should put self-care on the backburner – in fact, more than ever, it’s important for you to be in tune with your body and its needs. Never be afraid to ask for help – after all, you’ve been doing a lot of work! As hard as it may be, try not to feel guilty for not being able to handle everything. Just keep doing your best, get some rest whenever you can, and keep in mind that “this too shall pass”.
Eating healthy, nourishing foods is important to getting your pre-pregnancy figure back, as is exercising as much as you can. And don’t forget about the most important factor: time. Take your time, take a breather when you need to, and have patience with yourself and the process. But in the meantime, for a boost of comfort and confidence, we recommend you try postpartum shapewear!
You might be here because someone recommended postpartum shapewear to you – maybe they claimed it will help your body bounce back to the figure you had before pregnancy. Your mom might have sworn by postpartum girdles to recover after her pregnancy, but is modern shapewear really effective for the same purpose? Maybe you’re wondering if belly bands are really worth your money. After all, diapers aren’t cheap!
The fact is that postpartum belly shapewear can help you get back to looking, and feeling, more like your old self. When worn properly, shapewear aids in postpartum recovery because it features compression that presses on your body, helping to flatten your tummy as well as encouraging blood circulation in the areas it covers. Post pregnancy shapewear helps you get back to being able to recognize the person you see in the mirror, as it effectively compresses your tummy to be closer to your pre-pregnancy size.
Shapewear and belly wraps can also help if you have diastasis recti (AKA abdominal separation), a very common condition where your abdominal muscles split to accommodate your growing baby, and your growing uterus. Although the separation will eventually heal on its own, special exercises and shapewear can help expedite the process. Compression increases blood flow to the muscles, which can help you recover from this common condition while also helping your tummy look more like how it looked before.
Postpartum support shapewear doesn’t just help you look better – it helps you feel better! Because shapewear compresses your back along with your tummy, it can help improve your posture while providing back support, which might alleviate some of your back pain. It also helps you sit up straighter, and everyone knows maintaining better posture can also alleviate discomfort.
Don’t forget – shapewear should be comfortable! Compression garments should fit like a hug – comfortable enough to move around, but firm enough to make a difference. If your shapewear isn’t comfortable enough to wear all day, every day, you might need to get it in a different size. If you find you need a larger size than usual, don’t be discouraged – your body is still changing and shapewear will help you get back to your original size. All our shapewear is made with breathable materials, so you’ll feel supported instead of suffocated.
Did you have a c-section? Our postpartum shapewear is specially designed to not irritate incisions – it has either Velcro closures or no closures at all, depending on which pieces you choose. These shapers are designed to be soft on skin, with no hooks or zippers to aggravate your still-healing wounds. Of course, our post pregnancy shapers are also perfect for you if you had a natural birth!
Are postpartum shapers easy to wear? Of course! We make them easy to put on and take off, so that’s one less thing to worry about. Many of our post pregnancy shapers have an open gusset or an easy-use hook-and-eye gusset, so you won’t even need to take them off to go to the bathroom. This practical design saves you time, effort, and – most importantly – precious energy. Simplify your life with easy-to-wear shapewear that does some of the work for you!
The big question remains: Should you bother with post-pregnancy shapewear? Ultimately, the answer to that question lies with you, but we’re here to say: give it a try! We make it easy to shop postpartum shapewear – just click on any of the links in this blog and you’ll find a plethora of postpartum pieces to ponder (and purchase!). Every single one of our postpartum garments were designed by women, for women like you who need a little extra support.
Have you tried postpartum shapewear? Let us know what you think!